May affect TRAI's functioning for at least a month

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Sealing woes


Issues relating

to roaming tariffs, port charges and a number of court cases pending decisions.

In the process

of shifting to its new office near Minto Road.

Mobile towers

: Once the buildings are sealed, the operators are not allowed to conduct any repair work or remove the equipment.

New Delhi, Nov. 8

The office of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in New Delhi has been sealed by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Wednesday as part of the on-going drive being carried out following the directives of the Supreme Court.

The move is likely to affect TRAI's functioning for at least a month. TRAI has been working on several areas related to broadcasting sector such as conditional access system. It was also looking at issues relating to roaming tariffs, port charges and quality of services in the telecom sector. A number of court cases relating to telecom regulation pending a decision might also get delayed.

That apart there is likely to be no major impact on the telecom sector because of the sealing as there are no pressing or really important matters pending with TRAI.

Extension of time

Senior TRAI officials said that the MCD sealed the TRAI office despite repeated requests for extension of time. TRAI had already made plans to shift to its new office near Minto Road by November end and was in the process of moving the office. Now the shifting will also be hampered.

Seeks extension

TRAI has, meanwhile, approached the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee seeking an extension. MCD early today resumed the sealing of unauthorised commercial establishments in residential areas following a Supreme Court directive. The drive has also caused problems for the telecom service providers in some areas with MCD sealing buildings some of which had mobile towers on its roof. Once the building is sealed the operators are not allowed to conduct any repair work or remove the equipment. Earlier, the Cellular Operators Association of India and Association of Unified Service Providers of India had approached the municipal authorities seeking relaxation.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated November 9, 2006)
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